Be marooned on a deserted island – Cook Islands

Be marooned on a deserted island – Cook Islands

A boat trip around the Cook Islands’ Aitutaki Lagoon with Captain Fantastic

"A boat trip around the Cook Islands' Aitutaki Lagoon with Captain Fantastic (everyone knows him - just ask your hotel to put you in touch) involves visiting the best snorkelling spots in the lagoon, including one where it's possible to see giant clams as large as you.

"However, the best part of the adventure is stepping ashore on Honeymoon Island, a tiny, white-sand motuwhere couples can plant a coconut palm together. While you're digging, the captain whips up a lunch of fresh fish, salad and paw paw, served in a banana-leaf basket. For a little extra (around NZ$120 per person), he can arrange for you to stay the night alone here, with nothing but candlelight and stars to distract you. It feels like you're the last two people on earth."

Amanda Statham, co-author  of Heaven on Earth Honeymoon Islands (St Christopher's Publishing, 2011)

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You'll need to take essentials, such as toilet roll, to Aitutaki's Honeymoon Island but the captain will provide water and a mattress. Take a bottle of champagne to add to the romance.

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